Long story short, yesterday morning we discovered that our Cochin hen had made a nest in our bales of hay and hatched out a LOT of chicks. Since it's cold outside and we were afraid she'd be eaten, we put her in a box with the remaining unhatched eggs and put the box in the garage. There were so many eggs and chicks that we took away seven of the chicks and put them under a heat lamp in the house. They spent the night there. This morning we discovered red mites on the chicks, kind of straw-colored. We put the hen outside and brought the chicks back to her. Now I'm really scared that the house and garage are infested with the mites. As far as we know, we'll have to burn the whole haystack that the hen made her nest in, burn the cardboard boxes they were in, and pray that our house will not be infested. Although we checked two of the other chickens for mites and found nothing right off the bat, I know that the mites get off in the daytime, so the mites could easily be inside the coop. So, does anyone have a simple solution? I'm afraid that dusting or spraying is not an option for day-old chicks. It makes me sick to think about bombing the house with chemicals. And, since we had the chicks and hen held close to our clothing and we touched inside her little nest, we might have them on us. Please help!